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Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 1) 415

by lsatenstein (#47411831) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that?

Uh, yeah. Most judges rubber-stamp search warrants.

Also, does concealing a memory device now automatically imply child porn?

The cops get bolder every year, and people just go along.

Cop: "I asked him for his ID, and he went fishing in a pocket. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A GUN OR KNIFE, SO I SHOT HIM".

How does the dog do it? Can it read and type?

Comment: Re:Every day (Score 1) 281

by lsatenstein (#47408023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

The other side of that coin is:

Is the new opportunity worth the hassle of starting over in some locale where the COL is 3 times higher, your rights are much more restricted, no big game hunting because of the population density precludes the use of even a bow and broad heads, despite the fact that you'll wreck a car a year running into said big game, and its 4 hours to someplace where drowning a worm might get you fish for dinner.

That occurred to me when a head hunter called me, offering 10% more to be the Chief Engineer at a tv station in the top 25 market. But it would have come with all of the above limitations. Even at 200%, which said tv station could well afford, it wasn't worth it to me.

Basically I had found my place back in 1984. I can walk to hunt deer or fish, COL is 1/2rd that of the big city, the house that came with the girl I married in 1989 has been paid off for 15 years, and stayed here till I retired 12 years ago. Technically, my reputation for being able to walk on water when the boat has already sank has been well established, and I still get yells for help occasionally. As a technician who can actually fix things, I am a C.E.T. & have what used to be a 1st phone license before the commission threw us under the bus, we are a dying breed, literally, and I find that I have, at nearly 80 yo, inherited some of the local radio broadcasters, because the engineer they were calling when the cash cow laid down and went dry, had died.

But the surprising detail most find hard to believe is that I am not a "papered" engineer, I have an 8th grade education, but was good enough with electronics that I quit school in the middle of my freshman year in high school, mostly due to health/allergy problems, and went to work fixing what was then these new-fangled things called televisions. Circa 1948-49. And yet the medical help locally available is pretty good. In early June, about a month ago, I woke up, just barely conscious and couldn't breath, on the bedroom floor while trying to tie my shoes to take the better half out for dinner, a pulmonary embolism that damned near punched my ticket. The better half, sitting in the car waiting, finally came back in to see what the holdup was & called 911. They got me to the local shop, started the clot-buster, and shipped me off to a larger facility. I am not 100% yet, but getting there, and TBT I feel better now than I have in years.

The guy from ultrasound looked at my heart with its blown up 2x right half as it was trying to pump into the blockage, for about an hour. I presume looking for places that ought to be bypassed or stented, couldn't find any and said once its shrunk back to normal, you ought to be good for another decade. 2-3 months to shrink again. Sort of feels like getting a warranty renewal but there is no such thing in life.

So I'll be here to pester you folks for a while yet, offering my comments on having observed life for nearly 80 years now. Some comments will come from my experience as a working joat, I am a decent mechanic and am now playing with smaller CNC machinery. I've also made some furniture & remodeled a few guns over the last 50 years.

I rather enjoy being close to the biggest frog in the pond, even if the pond is just Pedersons Puddle. It has its advantages.

Cheers, Gene

I'm only 7 years behind you and enjoying life that is great. I bought a large duplex home after my daughter took ill with MS. Wife and converted a dining room to our bedroom. Our 2nd floor tenant was to leave 18 months after our purchase and we were to move upstairs, but... my son and his wife asked to have the place. After 6 years of togetherness, we are still one big happy family. Best thing that happened to us all.

All our neighbours are crying, because their kids, on finishing university, have fled to other cities. They all complain of big empty houses and they look forward to having the children and grandchildren visit for holidays. When you have love, give love, encourage, don't criticize, and are optimistic, life is without stress. My wealth is the richness I have in family, friends, health, and who gives a damn about monetary wealth. I live in a country where anyone can go out at night at any time, and come home safely.

Now, at retirement, I enjoy developing software and do C coding with Linux. I am preparing to install Cent0s 7, released yesterday, I will setup a version 7 webserver and do all that at a pace that I enjoy. As we age, we do not become dumb, though we take the time to smell the roses. Some of the older people I knew forgot about libraries, plays, community places and waste away. I cherish my life with all it's wonderful offerings. I am lucky.

Comment: Re:Americans don't care (Score 1) 201

Look. On the one hand, it will be virtually impossible to make the technology disappear that allows any government unprecedented surveillance powers.

Based on the historical evidence of the governments of men, it would also be rather reasonable to expect there will exist elements within our governments willing to exploit national security fears to abuse surveillance powers.

With awareness, ignorance is left off the table as a selection. At least if we are made aware, we then choose to make a difference or play along.

Actually, with widespread incorporation of encryption, NSA will not ever have the resources to try and decrypt what they now fetch in the clear. And lets hope that it is incorporated soon, to keep Google and other search engines out of your life.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by lsatenstein (#47401651) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

I'll call you on your trolling and bs. My wife works in the Comp Sci department at a major university and also works *with* people in the programs at others. Well over half the grad students in most programs are born and raised in the US, and many of the best candidates are from the US. This story is about outsourcing based on cost, not on 'deep understanding of theory'. If you're not trolling you're just woefully wrong.

Actually, you are both right, 60% is about cost, and 30% is about intelligence, and 10 % is the reluctance to train the dedicated and very capable employee.

Comment: Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (Score 2) 375

It would be more like what is happening in Germany. Massive investment in wind, solar, wave and geothermal, but crucially also a massive investment in a new smarter grid to support it all.

I have no doubt that it will happen in Europe, but the US is going to find it hard. Things like subsidising residential solar are seen as un-American and socialist, even though it's fine to heavily subsidise companies building fossil fuel or nuclear plants. The grid is a money-making privately owned infrastructure, not something that is supposed to work for the public's benefit. In other words, the problems are all cultural.

Yeah man, I concur.

Comment: Re:Python is better overall but R is more like SAS (Score 1) 143

R has more single function high level commands devoted to stats, these are done right internally and are self consistent with other functions for further processing. But its not as general a programming language as python. if you want something different than the canned functions in R then you will need to write them yourself at which point you might as well be using python. however if you like SAS then chances are R will seem more like what you are hoping for.

R has more single function high level commands devoted to stats, these are done right internally and are self consistent with other functions for further processing. But its not as general a programming language as python. if you want something different than the canned functions in R then you will need to write them yourself at which point you might as well be using python. however if you like SAS then chances are R will seem more like what you are hoping for.

The original poster failed to define creativity in the context of the end-user and his problem solving. I think that the end-user of SAS should be the one asking if R or python or other language is more suitable.

Perhaps the poster should visit the customer(s), to see what they are doing, and return with an R equivalent or propose R as a better solution. No need to change 4 quarters for a Dollar.

Comment: Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (Score 1) 272

by lsatenstein (#47380741) Attached to: Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

But it is impossible to "not use any confidential information he had access to" without surgery. It's in your brain, you will use it if the situation arises.

He may have had brilliant ideas that Amazon refused to consider, or if presented to Amazon, he would endup with a handshake. Ergo,
move to another cloud vendor where you can present ideas that were held private.

Can Amazon sue for things you thought about, but decided to implement with a competitor? Prove the employee had the ideas before leaving.

Comment: Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (Score 1) 578

by lsatenstein (#47378781) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

"Please don't do an audio countdown. It doesn't work for us hard of hearing people."

Where I live, they have audio ticking for blind people. They make a ticking noise when it's green for pedestrians.
Although some of them seem to be made for almost-deaf blind people, since it's very loud even during daytime.

We have this too, in our residential neighbourhood. Neighbours resorted to wrapping the speaker that broadcasts the ticking sound with soundproofing material.
What was asked finally, and was implemented was the pushbutton walk request. No sound until a request to walk button is pressed. The ticking is concluded when the light turns green for the opposing traffic. Accidents and angry resident complaints have stopped.

Comment: Re:Perl (Score 1) 534

Take the semicoln in C. It's not needed. It's really just a pleasant confirmation to the compiler to let it know that your current statement is done.

It certainly is needed, if you want to keep white space insignificant. C compilers can skip over every space, tab, and line break that isn't part of a string. Getting rid of semicolons would needlessly complicate lexical analysis.

Without the semicolon, you would have to rely on indentation. Thats turning C into Python.

Comment: Re: Perl (Score 1) 534

That you think C aids in expressiveness over Perl, Python, Ruby, awk, Go, Swift, Rust, D, C#, Scala, Clojure, or even C++ shows you're talking out the wrong orifice

I expect we're using the word "expressive" differently.

C is a lot of things, but it is not terribly expressive or high level.

Definitely not high level.

C lacks concise and easy to use language syntax to express ideas, but almost any idea that can be imagined can be expressed (implemented) in C. That is what I meant by expressive.

Higher level languages provide all sorts of direct language support for ideas that are not directly present in lower level languages, but all high level lanagauges ultimately compile down to machine code, which can be represented by assembler. Therefore, nothing that can be expressed in any language can't be expressed in assembler. Therefore assembler is maximally expressive. Anything else is just a subset of what you can do with assembler.

However there is PLENTY you can do in assembler, that you can't do in any other language, and C, is the lowest level language above assembler, and while there are some things that can be done in assembler that can't be done in C, there's not a lot that can be done in a higher level language than C that can't be done in C.

Not easily. Not concisely. And not safely... because if you implement a reference counting garbage collector in C to do your memory management (and you can) there is nothing in C stopping you from directly manipulating the GC state to achieve all kinds of stuff you can't do in the higher level language ...and should probably never do!! -- but this isn't about *should* -- its about *can*.

I would program in Ivorson's APL Seed Dialog APL. Its intrepreted, rapid development, and super easy to debug/trace. That was my favourite languages of the 60's and it still is.

I'm sure it could be interfaced to any browser.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 119

by lsatenstein (#47362725) Attached to: Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

From the article, "City officials said the first units in Boston will be funded by Cisco Systems, a leader in development of smart city solutions, at no cost to the city."

As for why Boston got them first, rather than other cities around the country, my guess would be because they're a local product. "The high-tech benches were invented by MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments, a Verizon Innovation Program."

Would the reason be that winter and winter cold, snow, and the near location of MIT are a good justification. I would have also considered Buffalo in place of Boston, except that it gets too much snow.

Comment: Re:Email is expensive? (Score 1) 130

Several people have observed that Microsoft likely is using the law as a convenient excuse for dumping an expensive delivery channel.

Wait, what? I thought Email was cheap, 'cause, you know ... spam.

I am getting emails from head-hunters, asking me if I will accept emails with their job offerings. So, headhunters can no longer send out reams of emails to me without my approval.

I wonder if that applies to cross border job offerings.

Comment: Re:detroit vs SV? (Score 1) 236

by lsatenstein (#47362585) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Really? Perhaps the folks from Detroit would perhaps learn something if they didn't act like they knew *EVERYTHING* about making cars. Have you seen the infotainment systems Detroit has stuck in their cars? Seriously? You guys should be listening to Google, Tesla, etc.

Sinister me says...
Self driving cars have no accidents, and only wear out. What is going to happen without fender benders, with no loss of life due to car-car or car-other fatalities? The spares business is super profitable. That is where the money is made. Major accidents mean new cars to be sold for the write-offs.


Comment: Re:Google I/O (Score 1) 64

by lsatenstein (#47345539) Attached to: Why The Korean Government Could Go Open Source By 2020

On PC desktop the QA is still terrible. For example, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ships with a media player which does not work properly with touchpad and which crashes when the subtitle setting is changed. Also the ACPI fan speed control is broken for a bunch of laptops. Sure, the correct solution here is simply to switch from Totem to VLC, and use a different kernel for the fan problem. Easy enough... but soon enough, some other glitch pops up. As long as Linux desktops (not only Ubuntu) are filled with these nasty surprises, the support costs will be enormous for fixing all these bugs or finding workarounds for them.

Who uses Ubuntu. I use

Everything works, has a great following too.

Comment: Re:This just illustrates (Score 1) 365

by lsatenstein (#47345405) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Some places, even here in the US, have a choice of electrical provider, it is VERY rare, but does happen.

Certain parts of Texas have fully seperated the generation market from distribution. Distribution is run by a monopoly called Oncor, and they get to leech from your bill at a mostly fixed rate. You then sign up for generation with a variety of providers offering various contract terms. When I lived there I locked in a 2yr contract, flat rate at 8.9 cents per Kwh, and tried my hand at bitcoin mining via dirty old coal. But I could have had 100% wind or 100% renewable at even lower rates, but they were seasonal and they tended to have short terms. 3mo then you get dumped on the market again when the 8.9 cent deal isn't available. Longer term renewables ran 11 - 15 cents per Kwh.

This is the system California was trying to set up, but the mistake they made was to not seperate distribution from generation. Now they're stuck with a politicized PUC making decisions that deem 1 Kwh used by a company has higher economic value to the state than 1 Kwh used at my house. So I get a form of rationing by tier, and if I leave my computers on and do too many load of laundry, they start charging me 50 cents a Kwh. Just who get s to keep the difference between that and the actual generation costs is lost on me...

I live in Quebec, Canada. For the average consumer, electricity costs us about 7.5 cents/kwh unlimited use. For large users(manufacturers, smelters, etc.) the rate is around 4.2 cents/kwh. For resident homes on dual energy (heatpump/oil/gas), it is at 4.2 cents/kwh, except when temp outside is below -12C or above 32C.
When temperature is out of bounds, the rate climbs to 12.5 cents/kwh. We can help keep rates low by not heating our hot water 60 gallon insulated water tanks in peak periods, defined as hrs between the 16:00-20:00 hrs (supper time). Give the kids a bath or use dish washer outside the supper hour period.
Oh yes, Hydro Quebec is provincial government owned. Even at that rate, the government makes a great profit (waterdam energy).

Weekends were made for programming. - Karl Lehenbauer